Beauty 118: Your beauty questions ANSWERED!

04 June 2009

Roll up, it's that time again... The Grazia beauty team are here to answer your burning beauty questions. But remember, if you've got any questions you'd like advice on just post them below and we'll dive straight into the beauty cupboard to bring you the most up to date answer same time next week. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it...!
Q: ‘I'd love to try out mineral make up as I've heard it's really good for your skin. What's the best brand to go for and where can I get a good demonstration and colour match?' - boonyboo
A: Quite a few of brands have introduced mineral make up in the last year so there are lots to choose from. Unfortunately you can't get any instruction from mass brands such as L'Oreal Paris or Max Factor BUT they are well explained and designed to be really easy to use. Also, look out for BareMinerals from QVC and as they have an amazing 30 day money-back guarantee you can try it out at home and then decide if you like it. They too have excellent instructions. However, if it's an in person demonstration you are after it's best to go to a counter like Prescriptives, Clinique, BareMinerals (who have a counter in Selfridges), MAC, Laura Mercier...I could go on but you get the idea.  Just head down to your nearest department store with a decent sized beauty hall and you'll be overwhelmed with mineral make up!
Q: ‘It's my sixth form prom in July and I don't know how to do my hair. I have long brunette hair which is naturally straight. I would like to wear my hair down or partly down what styles would you suggest? - Birkin09 
A: Keeping it simple is the best approach. You don't want to over complicate things. You could go for a Nicole Richie boho style and plait two side pieces and pull them back (think 70's style hippy but modern) or you could keep hair loose with soft waves, centre parting, and wear a plaited metallic headband but pull it down so that it's around your head rather than using it as a hair band that is keeping hair off your face. Or plait your front section and sweep it over to the side (look at how Lauren Conrad does this) and pin it leaving the rest of your hair loose. Also take into account the type of dress you'll wear as a simple high ponytail might work just as well.
Q: ‘Can you recommend a good lip plumping gloss as my lips are so thin? -  Birkin09
A: Try Clinique's Full Potential Lips. It's really glossy and pouty (in a good way) and the colours are great too.

- Lauren Murdoch Smith, Assistant Beauty Editor 


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